Pituitary / Pineal Gland Tumor: Risk Factors
Pronounced: Pi-TU-eh-tar-E ad-eh-NO-muhEn Español (Spanish Version)
The pituitary is a small complicated gland at the base of the brain. It makes several important hormones that regulate growth and the activity of several other major glands throughout the body. A pituitary adenoma is an abnormal growth, or tumor, in this gland. Pituitary adenomas are benign. This means they are not cancerous. They do not spread to other parts of the body. The growths can lead to visionproblems because it is near the eyes. It can also lead to growth problems. It often can also disrupt the hormonal balance of the thyroid, adrenal, and gonads.
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Last reviewedApril 2012by Konda Mohan Reddy, MD, FAAP
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